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2021 Dates Set for Versatility Clinic & Ranch Trail Challenge at Bonina!

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On the Horizon in 2021 – Trail & Versatility at Bonina

  • March 12-14, 2021 – Versatility Clinic with Nina Lundgren & Mary Jane BrownENTRY FORM
    • Get ready for the Bonina Ranch Trail Challenge with this all-around ranch versatility clinic. You’ll get world class instruction with NCHA Hall of Fame Member, Nina Lundgren along with Mary Jane Brown! From cow work, to ranch riding and competitive trail fundamentals–our instructors will give you the help you need to get ready for competition! 
  • March 18-21, 2021 – Ranch Trail ChallengeStay tuned for entry form and full details!
    • This is one of the premier ranch trail challenges in the northwest! Join fellow equine enthusiasts from around the country for this fun weekend of ranch trail, ranch riding, beginner cow work classes and more! There will be divisions and classes available for every rider level. 

To learn more about opportunities to ride at our events or come to the Ranch for lessons or just to come say hello, contact Nina Lundgren at 509-539-3435 or email her directly at bonina@bonina.com

2020 Ranch Trail Challenge Results

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2020 Ranch Trail Challenge A HUGE SUCCESS!

    • CONGRATUALTIONS to our 2020 Buckle Winners:
      • OPEN ALL-AROUND HIGH POINT CHAMPION
        • Buckle Winner: Mickie Maxson-Box
      • AMATEUR ALL-AROUND HIGH POINT CHAMPION
        • Buckle Winner: Stephanie Nelson
      • INTERMEDIATE ALL-AROUND HIGH POINT CHAMPION
        • Buckle Winner: Holly Jones
      • NOVICE ALL-AROUND HIGH POINT CHAMPION
        • Buckle Winner: Cindy Mello

    To learn more about opportunities to ride at our events or come to the Ranch for lessons or just to come say hello, contact Nina Lundgren at 509-539-3435 or email her directly at bonina@bonina.com

    2019 Colt to Cow Connection Contestants Announced

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    Our 2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected!

    Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3.

    Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. These colts have a great start on them by Dean Autry and they should be ready to go to a cow!

    We have 9 quality colts with stellar pedigrees that include sires like:

    Once In A Blu BoonMetallic Al | Im Countin Checks 

    One Time Pepto | Cat IchiLethal Playgun 


    Meet the 2019 Colt to Cow Connection Contestants…


     
    Levi Gibson of Full of Faith Ranch & Two Tru Quarter Horses – Cambridge, ID

    Pictured cutting on “Moony”

    Katie Lyle of Hiner Performance Horses – Walla Walla, WA

    Pictured riding a 3-year-old (with 20 rides) dragging one to the fire.

      Jason Smith of Mackenzie Quarter Horses – Jordan Valley, OR

    Pictured riding a nice Mackenzie Ranch 2-year-old.

      Brent Stewart of Stewart Performance Horses – Aldergrove, BC Canada

    Pictured riding “OKP Shanias Cat” 4yr old Owned by Brent and Leah Stewart.

    Lane Ternan – Bridger, MT

    Pictured riding Badgers Danny Dry

     

    She’s camera shy!

    Teres Vining – Chewelah, WA

     

     
    See the highlights from our 2018 Colt to Cow Connection featuring the Champion!

     

    Meet Levi Gibson – Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

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    Our 2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. 

    Click Here for Competition Schedule


    2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant…


    Name: Levi Gibson, 26

    Location: Cambridge, ID

    Currently Training At: Full of Faith Ranch & Two Tru Quarter Horses

    NCHA Lifetime Earnings: $1,420.71

    # Years Training Horses to Work Cattle: 10

    Background: Grew up cowboying and helping run his family’s farm and ranch. Came up through the high school rodeo ranks roping and showing in the cutting. Worked for Jody Cada in high school starting colts and schooling show horses for 3 years. Transitioned into training rope horses and running his own cow/calf operation and raising horses. Currently specializes in starting 2-year-olds and training performance horses with his wife.

    First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow?Everything goes back to the cow. When the cow goes, go. When the cow stops, stop. Let the cow tell them what to do and keep it fun for your horse. When you’re in time with the cow, it’s like the cow picked up the bridle reins and asked your horse to move.”

    Influences: “Jody Cada taught me a lot about helping a horse work cattle and how to successfully train a cutter. Even though I never had the privilege of riding with them, training videos from Boyd Rice, Ray Hunt, Nick Dowers, and Austin Shepard all have helped shape my training style. Most recently, my brother-in-law, Joe Painter, has influenced my colt starting. I’ve learned how important it is to adapt to fit the horse instead of just making your horse fit the program. My time helping with my mother-in-law’s horsemanship clinics (MJB Clinics) has also contributed. I continually seek to learn from the people I meet and all of the resources available today with modern technology. It’s always a process and I think that’s what horsemanship is all about.”

    Expectations for the Bonina Colt to Cow Connection event: “I’m excited to learn from the other trainers’ techniques and hopefully help my colt succeed at working a cow.”

    To learn more about Levi’s horse training services give him a call: 208-880-1033

    Photo: Levi cutting on a horse called “Moony”

     


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    Meet Katie Lyle – Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

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    Our 2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. 

    Click Here for Competition Schedule


    2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant…


    Name: Katie Lyle, 22

    Location:Walla Walla, WA

    Currently Training At: Hiner Performance Horses & Takes Outside 2-Year-Olds

    # Years Training Horses to work cattle: 3

    Background: Grew up on a cow/calf operation in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Went on to College in Walla Walla to get her Animal Science and Agri-Business degrees finished. She was referred to Diehl Hiner after college to help ride horses and that quickly turned in to a full-time position. Since 2017 has continued starting all of their two-year-old colts. This coming year she will get to see those horses shown at Fort Worth and will begin getting to participate showing horses. Katie also takes outside 2-year-olds to start and welcomes new clients. 

    First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “Teaching the horse that it’s in control. When the horse learns that they dictate the movement that’s when they really find confidence in their job. Even in a using situation it really makes difference for that horse to understand that they’re in charge.”

    Influences: “I’ve been pretty blessed with the opportunities I have had. My mom has taught me so much about starting colts and took me to clinics with Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman. My experience on the ranch with my father taught me the fundamentals of stockmenship. Diehl Hiner has really taught me everything I know about performance cow work and it’s been a real privilege to learn from him. I guess you could say, Mom taught me how to start a horse, Dad taught me how to use one, and Diehl showed me how to take it to the show pen.”

    Expectations for the 2019 Bonina Colt Cow Connection: “I’m just hoping I can communicate to the audience what a connection should look between a horse and a cow. I want to be able to show what I like one to feel and look like doing their job.”

    Feel free to contact Katie to learn more about her training services at: 509-288-1913

    Photo: Pictured riding a 3-year-old (with 20 rides) dragging one to the fire.

     


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    Meet Jason Smith – 2019 Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

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    Our 2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. 

    Click Here for Competition Schedule


    2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant


    Name: Jason Smith, 39

    Location: Jordan Valley, Oregon

    Currently Training At: Mackenzie Quarter Horse Ranch December-March / Takes Outside Horses April-November

    # Years Training Horses to work cattle: 21

    Background: Worked with Jake Telford Reining Cow Horse Trainer for 5 years. Also spent 2 years with Chad McDaniel, a rope horse trainer, then moved out on my own for the past 13 years. 12 of those years I have spent my winters starting the coming 2-year-old colts for Mackenzie Ranch Quarter Horse Program.

    First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “There is no one thing that sticks out as a “first lesson.” It’s experience gained through many different trials or scenarios… plus knowledge of stockmenship; combined with changing and conforming to each individual horse. Then putting it all together to form unity between you, your horse and the cow.”

    Influences: Jake Telford & Annie Reynolds as cow horse trainers; adding ranch stockmenship and low stress cattle handling with the Mackenzie Ranch.

    Expectations for the 2019 Bonina Colt Cow Connection: “Looking forward to new challenge and fellowship with other trainers.”

    To learn more about Jason’s training services give him a call: 208-989-3963

    Photo:Riding a nice Mackenzie Ranch 2 year old.

     


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    Meet Brent Stewart – Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

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    Our 2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors.

    Click Here for Competition Schedule


    2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant


    Name: Brent Stewart, 37

    Location: Aldergrove BC, Canada

    Currently Training At: Stewart Performance Horses

    NCHA Lifetime Earnings:$33,947.82

    # Years Training Horses to work cattle: 11 years

    Background: Grew up in Kamloops, BC. He worked on Douglas Lake Ranch (the biggest ranch in Canada) and then worked at a couple ranches in Idaho. After 10+ years of cowboying, Brent went on to work in the performance pen. He worked for Russ Westfall and Tim Castilaw.

    First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “Nothing sticks out in my mind. Ranching and working cows was always a part of my life. I learned about putting horses on cows from ranch work.”

    Influences: Jerry Grass and my Grandpa, Bud Stewart.

    Expectations for the Bonina Colt Cow Connection: “To win.”

    Link to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/stewartperformancehorse/

    Feel free to call Brent directly at: 604-306-7367

    Photo: Brent Stewart “OKP Shanias Cat” 4yr old Owned by Brent and Leah Stewart.

     


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    Meet Lane Ternan – 2019 Colt to Cow Connection

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    Our 2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. 

    Click Here for Competition Schedule


    2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant


    Name: Lane Ternan, 26

    Location: Bridger, MT

    Currently Training At: Lane Ternan Horse Training & Shoeing

    NCHA Lifetime Earnings:$20,635.61

    # Years Training Horses to work cattle: 6 years

    Background: Grew up on a working ranch and cowboying. He came up through the ranks as youth in the cutting horse world and continued on with high school and college rodeo. He worked for a few trainers early on starting cutters and 2-year-olds. Currently specializes in starting 2-year-olds as well as shoeing horses.

    First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “Get it to be a positive experience. You want to introduce a colt to a cow with a nice soft feel to make sure that they enjoy their job and have confidence. You don’t want to scare them, just go with what the horse is telling you and what that horse needs.

    Influences: “Will Nuttall, John Dublin in the cutting arena and my 2-year-old influence has been Bill Smith. These three guys have really taught me a lot and helped shape how I approach training.”

    Expectations for the 2019 Bonina Colt Cow Connection:“No big expectations. My goal is to get to know the horse and get a read on what they need from me to help them have a successful connection to the cow.”

    To learn more about Lane’s program give him a call at:406-425-1795

    Photo:Riding Badgers Danny Dry

     


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    Meet the rest of the 2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestants…

    Meet Teres Vining – Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

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    Our 2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. 

    Click Here for Competition Schedule


    2019 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant…

    Name: Teres Vining, 57

    Location: Chewelah, WA

    Currently Training For Herself

    NCHA Lifetime Earnings: $11,632.18

    # Years Training Horses to work cattle: Lifetime

    Background: Raised on ranch North British Columbia, Canada. First introduction to cutting was with Billy Collins. Around high school she moved to states and then started working for Harlan Radomske in Ellensburg, WA, starting colts by Doc Bar Gem. Next she went to Doc Bar ranch in California to work for Charlie Ward. Following that experience she moved on to Texas to work for trainers like Barbara Schulte and Tom Lyons. Heading back to the northwest she moved to Washington and managed Ron Knutson’s Ranch for 15 years. Following her time there she went out on her own to train her own horses and occasionally stops by Bonina to lend a hand.

    First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow?“Let the cow teach the horse.”

    Influences: “All of the trainers I worked for over the years have been great horsemen and I learned a lot from each one. At the end of the day the most important thing is a good pattern. They have it if they can stop, move their front end, and be cowy.”

    Expectations for the 2019 Bonina Colt Cow Connection: “To help a colt get a good start.”

     


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    2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestants Announced!

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    Our 2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. Select colts will be offered for sale after contest completion during the Cindy Severe Benefit Auction.


    Meet the 2018 Colt to Cow Connection Contestants…


    Click on the names below to learn more about these talented trainers!
     
    Diehl Hiner of Hiner Performance Horses – Walla Walla, WA

    Pictured riding “Miss Stylish Rey” owned by Don & Pat Noble at the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Spring Aged Event.

    Dusty Whitford of Whitford Colt Company – Ferndale, WA

    Pictured working the flag on a nice 2 year old prospect.

    Jeff Bailey of Bailey Cow Horses, Home of Starlights Smartchic – Kennewick, WA

    Pictured with “Starlights Smartchic”

    Johnny Hammack of Bourdet Ranch, Home of Meradas Cookin Now – Chiloquin, OR

    Pictured riding a “Metalic Cat” gelding; first loop at first branding.

      Shane Carlon of Carlon Performance Horses – Whitt, TX

    Pictured riding “WRJ Time After Time” at Bluebonnet Stakes Derby Finals in Brenham, TX.

    Travis Rempel of TR Performance Horses – Fort Langley, BC Canada

    Pictured riding “This Cats Max” owned by Doug and Angie Weins at Silver Slate in AB.